biosketch as of 1972
JOE M. KILGORE was born in Brown County, Texas, December 10, 1918, the son of
William Henry and Myrtle Armstrong Kilgore; moved to Mission, Texas,
in 1929; was educated at Westmoorland College (now Trinity University,
San Antonio, Texas and The University of Texas at Austin.
last updated in 1972
He enlisted in July of 1941 in the United States Air Corps and served in the Mediterranean
Theater of Operations as a combat pilot; separated from the service in
1945; was awarded the Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal
with oak leaf clusters and other decorations; and presently holds the rank of
Major General in the Air Force Reserve (Retired).
Mr. Kilgore returned to McAllen and practiced law in Edinburg until sworn in for
the Eighty-fourth Congress.
In 1945, he married Jane Redman of San Antonio and they have three sons:
Mark, Dean and Bill; and a daughter: Shannon. They are members of the Methodist
Mr. Kilgore was elected to the Texas House of Representatives in 1946, served
as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, and was re-elected in 1948, 1950
and 1952. He was elected to the 84th Congress November 2, 1954, re-elected to
the 85th, 86th, 87th and 88th Congresses and retired from Congress at the
end of the 88th Congress to re-enter private practice as a partner in the
firm of McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, Austin, Texas (now McGinnis,
Lochridge & Kilgore).
In November 1964, Mr. Kilgore was appointed by Governor John Connally to
serve as Chairman, Consulting Advisory Panel for the Water Planning
Program of the Texas Water Commission and later for the Texas Water
Development Board. In 1967 he was appointed Regent of the University of Texas
System by Governor Connally.
Mr. Kilgore serves as Vice Chairman of the Texas State Bar Legislative
Committee; a member of the Board of the University Methodist
Church; a member of the Board of the Wesley Foundation; a member of
the Board of Directors of Mission Valley Mills; a member of the Board
of Directors of the Austin Chamber of Commerce; and a member of the
National Pollution Control Foundation, Inc.